Games for La Quinceanera

by Althea Thompson
La Quinceanera is a 15th birthday celebration.

La Quinceanera is a 15th birthday celebration.

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La Quinceanera is a celebration of a young woman's 15th birthday in Hispanic culture. This traditional celebration symbolizes her passage from childhood to adulthood. Aside from the party, the family of the young woman may arrange a Catholic mass to offer thanks to God for her life. Friends of the young woman attend la quinceanera for a memorable party with music, food and games.

Egg Relay Race

Split the partygoers into teams. Each team receives one hard-boiled egg. Each person places an egg on a spoon and runs to his teammate to pass it on. Teammates should stand 10 to 15 feet apart. If someone drops the egg, he must go back to the starting point and begin again. This game becomes more interesting by using raw uncooked eggs. Keep the game outdoors or on a large piece of plastic indoors to contain the mess. The winners of the egg relay receive a prize.

Karaoke Contest

Organize a karaoke contest for children and adults at la quinceanera. A small sound system with a CD player and microphone are necessary for the game. A karaoke machine is also useful so players may view the lyrics. Use songs native to the Hispanic culture to fit the party theme. Encourage guests to sing and dance. After everyone sings, the partygoers vote for their favorite performance by applause.

Silly Questions

The silly questions game begins by arranging participants in a circle. The first player turns to the person on her left and asks a silly question. Then that person turns to the person on her left and asks another silly question. However, the questions must begin with a rhyming word. For example, the first person asks "Who ate my cheese?" The second person's question must start with a word that rhymes with cheese. "Please, don't you eat candy all night?" The next question must begin with a word that rhymes with "night." If anyone messes up the rhyme, she drops out of the game. The last person talking wins the silly questions game and receives a prize.

Catch the Balloon

Each participant blows up a balloon to play this game for la quinceanera. Use four players at a time and assign everyone a different color balloon. Players stand in a circle with one person in the middle. The person in the middle holds all four balloons, then drops one balloon at random. The owner of that balloon must try to catch it before it touches the floor. If the balloon touches the floor then that player must take the place in the middle of the circle.

About the Author

Althea Thompson began writing professionally in 2002, and her work has appeared on CBN News and in the award-winning "Focus Magazine." She holds a Master of Arts in journalism from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts in communication and writing from Houghton College.

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